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Mehbooba seeks plying of vehicular traffic on Qazigund- Banihal railway tunnel in bad weather, Rly Minister agrees

NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 3: The Qazigund-Banihal railway tunnel would also be used for the vehicular traffic during inclement weather and snowfalls. This would ensure timely movement of passengers and vehicles who often get stuck on the national highway for days due to blockade during bad weathers. Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, who is in the national capital, today took up the ... Read More »

JK to be developed as best skiing destination: Dy CM

Quality adventure sports infrastructure to be created for creating sporting genius in JK JAMMU, FEBRUARY 03: With an aim to promote adventure tourism across the State, Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh today said that Jammu and Kashmir would be developed into “best skiing destination.” While interacting with the skiing players at Gulmarg here, Dr Singh said that all the ... Read More »

Connectivity Bonanza for J&K; DPRs for Singpora Vailoo, Mughal Road tunnels to be prepared soon Work on Srinagar, Jammu Ring roads to start this year, Jhelum dredging to be expedited Mehbooba also raises up gradation of other major road projects in J&K with Gadkari NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 3: Giving the intra-state connectivity a major push, the Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has accorded in principle approval for work on two ambitious tunnel projects viz Mughal Road tunnel and Singhpora-Vailoo tunnel and ordered that DPRs for both the projects be prepared at the earliest. It has also ordered that bidding process for the Rs. Eight thousand crore Zojila tunnel be finalized quickly and work on the tunnel be started. These decisions were taken in a meeting Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti had with Union Minister for Road Transport & Shipping, Nitin Gadkari here today where she strongly pitched for improving connectivity in the State in view of the harsh climatic conditions and inaccessibility of certain areas in the State. The Chief Minister apprised the union Minister about the necessity of constructing these tunnels, not only to improve all weather connectivity within the State but also keep the different regions connected throughout the year. In another major decision, the meeting decided to consider Lakhanpur-Mahanpur-Basohli-Bani-Doda road as a new national highway in order to provide another connectivity route to the State and also get the vast area of the erstwhile Doda district connected better to the State and rest of the country. Mehbooba Mufti also flagged the issue of constructing ring roads in Jammu and Srinagar capital cities at the earliest in view of the increasing traffic density. She was informed that all preliminary works including land acquisition were proceeding at fast pace and work on both ring roads was likely to be awarded and started this year. The Chief Minister raised the issue of development and upgradation of a number of other roads including Budhal-Shopian road, Kupwara-Bungus road, Srinagar-Bandipora road, Tral-Pahalgam road, Panikhar-Pahalgam road and other tunnels including Sadhna, Razdan and Chatergalla tunnels and sought expediting the works. The meeting also reviewed the status of work on Jammu-Srinagar national highway. While the Jammu-Udhampur stretch of road is complete, work on the 66 Kilometre Qazigund-Srinagar highway is likely to be completed this year, the meeting was informed. Besides, the Chennani-Nashri tunnel is likely to be fully completed by the end of current month. Similarly, the DPR for Poonch-Uri road connecting Pir Panchal with Kashmir valley is being prepared and work would commence after the same is approved, the meeting was told. The Chief Minister, however, expressed concern over the slow pace of work on the widening of Ramban-Banihal stretch of national highway and sought expediting the same. Mehbooba Mufti also raised the issue of slow pace of dredging in river Jhelum and sought active support from the union Ministry in this regard. Mr. Gadkari directed that a coordinated approach be adopted by the Ministries of Water Resources, Transport and Shipping in consultation with the State Government to look into the issue and sort out things at the earlier. Mehbooba Mufti also sought that the river Jhelum be made navigable for inland water transportation. She was informed that a study commissioned in this regard will be completed by April this year and necessary steps will be taken to make the river amenable for inland water transportation. Advisor to Chief Minister, Prof. Amitabh Mattoo; Financial Commissioner, Planning & Development, B. B. Vyas; Secretary, Union Ministry of Surface Transport, Sanjay Mitra; Secretary, union Ministry of Shipping, Rajiv Kumar; Secretary, Union Ministry of Water Resources, Amarjit Singh; CMD, NHIDCL, Anand Kumar; Chairman, NHAI, Y. S. Malik; Commissioner-Secretary, R&B, Rohit Kansal; Secretary, PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Sanjeev Verma and other senior officers of Central and State Govt. were present in the meeting.

Connectivity Bonanza for J&K; DPRs for Singpora Vailoo, Mughal Road tunnels to be prepared soon Work on Srinagar, Jammu Ring roads to start this year, Jhelum dredging to be expedited Mehbooba also raises up gradation of other major road projects in J&K with Gadkari NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 3: Giving the intra-state connectivity a major push, the Union Ministry of Road Transport ... Read More »

Archaeological artifacts unearthed at Semthan, Bijbhara

JAMMU, FEBRUARY 03 – Department of Archives, Archaeology and Museums has successfully unearthed various ancient sculptures belonging to the Kashmir School of Sculpture from Samthan Bijbhara in district Anatnag. The Minister of State for Education, Technical Education, Culture, Tourism, Floriculture and Parks, Priya Sethi and Director Archives, Archaeology and Museums, Mohammad Shafi Zahid have hailed the findings. The artifacts so ... Read More »

Lal Singh launches Chinar plantation drive along Srinagar-Jammu highway

  Seeks public cooperation in increasing JK’s forest cover Takes stock of essentials in Mantalai, Jakhed, Chennani, Udhampur JAKHED (UDHAMPUR), JANUARY 03:  Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology, Choudhary Lal Singh today said the Government is aiming to popularize Chinar plantation with sustained drives in various regions of the State. The Minister while planting Chinar saplings alongside Udhampur-Nashri tunnel on Jammu-Srinagar ... Read More »

Srinagar Smart City Proposal: SMC seeks suggestions

SRINAGAR, JANUARY 03: Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has asked the citizens, NGOs and Social Forums to participate wholeheartedly and contribute their valuable feedback/suggestions and ideas (in individual or group capacity), which shall form the basis for articulating the city vision and priorities and help in refining the Draft Smart City proposal. According to a statement issued by SMC, Srinagar is ... Read More »

Anayat for holding frequent meetings of DRSCs

JAMMU, FEBURAYR 03-Chairman, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council, Haji Anayat Ali has asked the heads of the Committees, constituted for the year 2016-2017, to chalk-out meeting calendar in consultation with the concerned members to ensure their regular presence. He said during summer minimum meetings of different Departmental Related Standing and other Committees were held because of unrest in the valley.  ... Read More »

Expedite land acquisition for key projects: Bukhari to officers

Minister reviews progress of land acquisition for Health, R&B, Education projects JAMMU, FEBRUARY 03: Asking officers to expedite land acquisition for development projects, Minister for Revenue, Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Syed Basharat Bukhari today said the Government is firm to accomplish the flagship development projects in the State in time-bound manner. The Minister was addressing the officers during ... Read More »

Mid-night firing at Bandipora deliberate attempt to terrorize Kashmiris: JeI

Prays speedy recovery of ailing Geelani Srinagar, Feb 03 (KNS): Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir (JeI) expresses deep resentment and anguish over unjustified firing upon the residential house of Mohammad Maqbool Sheikh in village Mantrigam Bandipora during the night hours without any cause and terms it a deliberate attempt to terrorize the innocent people of Kashmir which tantamount to hooliganism. Had ... Read More »